Saturday, May 29, 2010

What's So Special about Memorial Day...Anyhow?

What's So Special about Memorial Day...Anyhow? Odd title, don't ya think. Memorial day is one of the most time-honored and cherished U.S. holidays on record. How dare I attempt to trash it. Wait...hear me out.

Ok; what is Memorial day? Are we honoring War vets and/or dearly departed loved ones (The Dead)? I thought that Veterans day, in November, was for that rememberance. Is this another commercialy-cooked-up holidays to get us to the Mall to open our purses? Moreover, what does any of this have to do with Career/Resume/Job-Hunt/etc?

Personally, I never gave two cents about Memorial day until the Year 1989. While serving in the U.S. Army over in Europe (1988-1990), I discovered the REAL meaning of Memorial day. What was that...how can an Army vet be so Unpatriotic?

My Unit, the 3rd Armored Division Band was asked to travel and support a ceremony in Maastricht, Netherlands (Holland). Upon arrival, I noticed headstones made of white marble. Rows, and rows, and rows, and rows of them. 'Why?' I asked.

Turns out that this was a National Cemetary built and maintained by the Dutch Government. It was a tribute...a pseudo Garden of Stone. Over 4,000 U.S. servicemen (and a few women as well) were entombed in the cemetary. They were laid to rest there because these brave, courageous, and frightened young men gave their lives in order to break the Nazi occupation of the Dutch by the Third Reich...Hitler's military force.

Again, Memorial Day isn't all that special for me. Yet the JOB that those 4,000 Americans did on behalf of the Dutch---their final resting place in a Dutch cemetary. Well, I kinda get choked up thinking about it. Find Your reason for celebrating Memorial day. If you can't find one...borrow mine.

Monday, May 24, 2010

How Much is Enough?

Question: How Much is Enough? Over-Achievers...Just how much is enough? We Tweet...We Facebook; heck, some of us even meet with real groups of people from time-to-time (God forbid).

Those of us with children are very busy chaffeuring them around from soccer practice to dance recitals to PTA meetings. Do you attend evening college classes to further your professional career? That means that you work, tend to family issues, and now...go to school at night.

Perhaps you Singles are there spend time engaging in monogamous (or polygamous) dating. But here's my point. We have begun to believe that Not Being Busy is somehow Wrong! Lazy People--UNDERACHIEVERS...That's what Other People Are! Not You and I; We Are The Over-Achievers!

A Wise Man once suggested that I "Learn to Chew My Sandwich." What the hell did that mean? Finally, 35 years later, I've figured it out. Simply, it means that I Need to Chew My Sandwich!

I'm always fixated on My Goals. What's coming down the pipe next? How can I optimize this website or Facebook Fan Page to get more visitors? How can I function on 4 hours of sleep in order to maximize my time resources?

No one on their deathbed ever wished that they'd spent more time at the office. People: It's time we took the time to Slow-It-Down. Doggoneit...we need to take a Siesta; a nap, vacation, or just 'Veg-Out.' I'm an Over-Achiever; ironically, I'm NOT proud of it.

How Much is Enough? I welcome your comments. Hit me back via Comments, Facebook Fan Page or Twitter link. Seriously, I really want to hear from y'all on this topic.